A charity which helps provide aid to children in Kenya is being supported by a Twickenham business.

Porridge and Rice is committed to giving children an education to help them escape poverty and create their own future.

As they have expanded, the charity has struggled to operate from the bedrooms of its founders and needed storage.

Access Self Storage, in Rugby Road, has offered the charity free flexible storage space.

Suzi Stout from the charity said: “Our Access Self Storage unit has been a revelation. It is used to hold items that are taken to Kenya as well as items we sell at fundraising events here in the UK.

“I cannot overstate how much the storage has helped us grow as a charity. The free storage gives us a central space and saves us considerable money, it makes our business more effective and allows the charity to spend the money we raise on the people who need it most.”

Porridge and Rice deputy chairperson Emma Ballinger said: “Not only are we so grateful to Access Self Storage and their lovely team for giving us the space we need to run our charity, it has given us the flexibility to expand our opportunities to raise money, as we now have the space to store merchandise that we can sell in the UK, like our new knitted hedgehogs.

“It really does make such a huge difference to the day to day running of our charity and helps us to keep the UK running costs as low as we can to make sure as many children get supported in Kenya as possible. The team at Access have also become part of the family, nothing is too much trouble for them.”

“The feeding programme developed beyond hunger to address a range of serious nutritional deficiencies such as Vitamin A, Iodine and Iron.

“This programme now operates to combat hunger, enable healthy physical development, strengthen immune systems, and improve academic performance by achieving peak cognitive potential.

They are seeing incredible results, with the schools of the children they help reporting that they have more energy, better attendance, lower sickness and better results than ever before.

With more than 2000 children to feed every day, Porridge and Rice has had to keep running costs as low as possible with no central office space.